I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I'm new here and each time I read in 1 John I get flustered over it. How do we join 1 John 1:8 & 10 and 1 John 4:15 and then 1 John 3:9? Because I can tell you I have sin in my life - some sin I don't know about until I realize it, and some I selfishly hold onto purposefully (I'm ashamed of these kinds BTW). So I agree with chapter 1:8 & 10. I also confess Jesus is the Christ, so I'm good on chapter 4:15.... but I get to 3:9 and I'm toast. How do we understand this one? Ok, I hovered over 1 John 3:9, and read the explanation. What if I don't hate sin enough, and I have sinned on purpose so many times? Can I repent? Can I still turn to God? I feel so lost sometimes. I just want to repent and lay it all down at Jesus' feet right now, and I'm struggling with knowing I've played the hypocrite and deceived myself for so long.